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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 21, 2010 5:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hottest show of '78

Well, from my viewpoint '78 is overrated, not underrated; (but then I feel that way about everything post-'76...)

I felt that '78 is a year that gets progressively worse, not better - I think the band in general sounds much brighter & peppier at the start of the year. By the fall, they seem really sludgy to me, with a lot of shows just grinding away. (But then, there are still some times where they can really hit the zone.)
While Keith tends to vanish (nodding off at the keys?), after Egypt Garcia moves into that really fast, noodling style that would be so pronounced in '79. Weir also picks up the slide, to many fans' grief! (He seems to have done it partly as a response to Keith dropping out...)

At any rate, there was a big discussion of '78 one year ago, lots of recommendations, for those who'd like to revisit:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=233883

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 22, 2010 2:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hottest show of '78

Not having the quite the exposure and attention to detail that many here have, it would be unreasonable for me to make a qualitative judgment in comparison to other shows from this year. But I do hear what you mean about 6/25, even though I feel clumsy trying to describe it, because as I look at what I wrote down when listening, I realize that the same could be said of many shows and other years.

The band is on fire, no matter what may be going on anyone’s health; the band is comfortable and confident in their ability to play together – and having a blast doing so. The energy is quite evident. Jerry is picking his leads with a ferocity of attack in some segments that just blows me away – even when it seems that things are floundering for a moment he keeps coming on strong and rips it up. There is a quality to his playing, along with whatever electronics he is employing, that is almost new to me, having heard relatively little from this year. (Which I will proceed to make up for with all the suggestions from both threads.)

Some side notes: this was the first rock concert held in Autzen Stadium, and the last time the boys would play there until 1987 with Dylan. And who is it (Phil?) that utters the admonishment ‘get it right’ during a chorus of Eyes – struck me as kind of comical, but he sounds dead serious.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Mar 21, 2010 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hottest show of '78

Well I was at 7-7-78' and to be honest other than the Rocks I see exactly what you are talking about.

It is more the beginning of the end of the long jam sessions and the real psychedelic scene. Jerry is starting his long slow dive and the band gets listless for longer and longer stretches just trying to hold it together and not piss him off I guess.

We still had some great moments but only rare shows from start to finish.

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Poster: utopian Date: Mar 21, 2010 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hottest show of '78

The band was having some internal issues at the very end of 78, aka Keith and his habits. He really dissapeared from the bright contributions of yester years. I think I had read somewhere he was pissed at Bobby for going after, or getting Donna? Anyone?

There were for sure some sleepers at the very end of the year, many of the December shows have never really done it for me. New years has a few moments but.....
the winterlands Are the highlight of the latter part of the year. October showcases my favorite stagger lee ....10-21-78.



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Poster: CHARLIEPHOGG Date: Mar 21, 2010 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hottest show of '78

I like the West Virginia show in April, think it was the 16tth.